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Terracotta lamp in the form of a gladiator’s helmet

Period:
Mid Imperial
Date:
1st half of 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 x 3 3/8 in. (9 x 9.1 x 8.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1924
Accession Number:
24.219
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
In addition to a central crest, gladiators’ helmets often had feathers attached above the ears. The holes for such ornaments are faithfully reproduced on this helmet-shaped lamp.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Small Greek Antiquities: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (12): p. 295.

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